A French manicure is a nice way to have polished nails without drawing too much attention to your hands.
The absence of color makes for simple outfit changes, without having to think too much about clashing colours. French manicures also last longer than conventional manicures with coloured polish because you cannot see chips as easily.
Also they are better to touch up without being too obvious.
What is the point of having a manicure, if you are just going to put clear polish on top of your nails?
Why trouble to go to all that time and trouble, to look natural?
Well, we women do tons of crazy things, and spend countless hours in the beauty salon attempting to make ourselves appear naturally stunning. Why should manicures be any different? Besides, the polish isn’t essentially clear.
The polish is really 2 different colours. A thin white or off white coat is applied to the tips of your nails and permitted to dry. Then the whole nail is painted with a soft beige or pink color, making the nails very clean and polished looking, but not actually as dramatic as red or pink polish.
While French manicures may look almost natural, they are the most difficult type of manicure to have done to your nails. Most beauty salons charge additional money for a French manicure, than a regular manicure with one solid color. Some beauty salons use an actual paint brush, with awfully fine bristles to apply the thin white coat to the tips of the nails.
Other beauty salons will quickly apply the white coat without much attention to detail.
Then they are going to come back before the polish has set and take away the excess color with an orange stick wrapped in cotton.
This is fascinating to observe.
I usually get curious when the manicurist paints half my fingernail white. I’m thinking to myself, great, I could do a better job at home blindfolded and I’m paying her my hard-earned money to make a huge mess. But then, she’s always redeemed when she cleans off the surplus and my nails look good.
Watching her perfect this skill with ease, I was lured to try this process at home.
I made a big mess.
I think that next time I’ll leave this talent to the professional.
The popularity of having a French manicure started round the seventies, and is just as popular today. People have been getting French manicures for some time. You can see these types of manicures just about anywhere from magazines, to moms at the supermarket.
One thing that is sort of interesting about French manicures is that they really do not have any target age range.
Anyone from teens, to grandmas can be seen sporting a French manicure, that is something that cannot be claimed of most fashion trends.
In recent years, there has been a new addition to the French manicure family. It is the French pedicure. They have all of the pliability and versatility of the French manicure. I adore that I can wear pink shoes, red shoes, or black shoes with no need to rethink my toenail polish.